Marshall to face Burr in November for U.S. Senate seat

Published 3:07 pm Thursday, June 24, 2010

Elaine Marshall (D) advanced Tuesday to challenge incumbent Richard Burr (R) for his U.S. Senate seat representing North Carolina.

Turnout numbers, which were low across the state, were only 3.9 percent in Polk County.

The runoff election Tuesday ended with Marshall winning with 60 percent of the votes, or 95,329 votes across the state, to Cal Cunninghams 40 percent, or 63,622 votes across the state.

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In Polk County, Marshall received 247 votes to Cunninghams 103 votes.

During early voting, which began in early June, 128 Polk County residents voted in the runoff. On Tuesdays runoff election day, 219 Polk County residents voted, for a total of 352 runoff votes in Polk.

There were 9,037 Polk County voters eligible to vote in the Democratic Senate runoff.

Tuesdays runoff has been called costly by many state officials, with costs estimated at about $3 million across the state.

A runoff is required if a candidate does not win in the primary by at least 40 percent of the vote, which Marshall narrowly missed during the May primary.